The Invention of Murder



    The Invention of Murder

    How the Victorians Revelled in Death and Detection and Created Modern Crime

    Judith Flanders

    Thomas Dunne 2011

    Hardback 572pp

    9781250024879   Product Code: 22168

    The tradition of British detective fiction developed in parallel with the new Victorian police force as real-life murder cases inspired not only novels but also broadsides, waxworks, melodramas and puppet shows. In her exploration of a century of murder, Flanders uses the stories of the most notorious cases, from Burke and Hare to Jack the Ripper, to build up a picture of Victorian society and the evolving representations of crime and criminals in popular culture.

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